February 10, 2014
On behalf of the City Council, I’d like to thank all of our dedicated City employees for their outstanding work during the winter storm.
As members of the Disaster Policy Council, Commissioner Novick and I witnessed first-hand the high level of team work and communication among our City bureaus.
During four challenging days, everyone rolled up their sleeves and took care of business. Here are just a few highlights:
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and in particular Director Carmen Merlo, oversaw and coordinated all aspects of our emergency response.
The Bureau of Emergency Communications and our 911 call center fielded and dispatched significantly increased calls.
Firefighters and Police conducted welfare checks, responded to emergencies and transported homeless and others in need to shelter.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation's maintenance crews worked round the clock, plowing snow, de-icing and sanding streets across the city.
Portland Water Bureau employees assisted residents with frozen pipes and swiftly responded to water main breaks.
Portland Parks & Recreation's Park Rangers and Urban Forestry crews lent a hand to the public and cleared fallen trees.
The Portland Housing Bureau's homelessness team coordinated with nonprofit and faith service providers and the Red Cross to expand winter shelter space and collect and distribute warm clothing, blankets and meals.
Please accept my thanks and appreciation for a job well done! You represent the best of the city.